Tip of the Day

Tiny amounts of knowledge for a fast paced world!

January, 2014

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  • Tip of the Day: Windows logo shortcuts

    From the old days from when I supported Microsoft Mouse, I had to learn how to get around the screen just using the keyboard. Windows 8 has a number of new shortcuts for me to learn. Here is a list of the ones that use the Windows logo key. I like to...
  • Tip of the Day: Some hidden DFSR improvements

    There are some well-hidden DFSR supportability improvements in Win2012: Dirty shutdown worker progress – Background - DFSR used a per-volume ESE database to track all file changes in replicated folders on those volumes. DFSR contains...
  • Tip of the Day: Registry Enhancements

    Today’s tip… HISTORY The Windows Registry was originally designed to handle small amounts of system configuration data; however over time its usage has evolved to become more of a generic system database used by all applications to store data. CHALLENGE...
  • Tip of the Day: Bitlocker without TPM or USB

    Today’s tip… Windows 8 now allows the OS drive to be encrypted without TPM and USB. You can use a password as a protector for OS drive. You will have to enable the below GPO under BitLocker Drive Encryption/Operating System Drive/Require Additional Authentication...
  • Tip of the Day: Validating a Single Disk in Cluster

    Today’s tip… Windows Server 2012 can select individual disks for cluster validation. It was not possible previously as all the disk in available storage were tested on running validation. Now, we can just test individual disk by taking it out from cluster...
  • Tip of the Day: Managed Service Accounts

    When a domain account is configured for a server in a domain, the client computer can authenticate and connect to that service. Previously, only two account types have provided identity without requiring password management. But these account types have...
  • Tip of the Day: Windows.old

    Today’s tip… After an upgrade Windows.Old is left on the disk. To manually remove Windows.old you need to use Disk Cleanup. After 4 weeks, a scheduled task will run and delete the Windows.Old directory if you have not removed it via Disk...
  • Tip of the Day: Deduplication Database

    Today’s tip… This actually came up on one of the internal aliases.  So I thought it would make a good tip. Unlike SIS (Single Instance Store), Windows Deduplication does not have a central database to track redundant data that has been consolidated...
  • Tip of the Day: iSCSI Target Boot Overview

    Today’s tip… iSCSI Target Server enables you to network boot multiple computers from a single operating system image that is stored in a centralized location. This improves efficiency, manageability, availability, and security. iSCSI Target Server in...
  • Tip of the Day: Hyper-V supports VHDX

    Starting with Windows Server 2012, the new VHDX format is supported by Hyper-V 3.0. This allows us to create a virtual disk of up to 64TB in size.
  • Tip of the Day: Windows PowerShell Startup

    Today’s tip… As I’m starting to use Windows PowerShell more and more, sometimes I want to use the normal interface and sometimes I want to use the ISE. The good news is that I don’t have to pin both to my task bar. I just right click on the Windows PowerShell...
  • Tip of the Day: Charms Menu

    Today’s tip… Open the Windows 8 charms menu by swiping from the right edge of your screen or hitting the Windows Key + c + c Also, you can move your mouse to the top or bottom right corners of your screen and leave it there for a moment to bring up the...
  • Tip of the Day: Windows to Go

    Today’s tip… Windows to Go allows for the creation of a bootable Windows 8 Enterprise installation on select certified media. The Windows to Go workspace can be booted on any hardware with a USB 2 or USB 3 port, regardless of the operating...
  • Tip of the Day: Do I have SLAT?

    Today’s tip… If you are interested in using Hyper-v in Win8 and want to make sure you have a SLAT processor, here is a quick way to find out without having to look in the BIOS. Simply hover over the ‘Hyper-v Platform’ feature.
  • Tip of the Day: File History

    Today’s tip… Win8 has a nice backup feature called File History. It allows you to make backup copies of directories and/or libraries to a separate drive. The nice thing about it is its ‘configure and forget about it’ interface. Also, it does have some...